Dr. Debbie Crews is a Sports Psychology Consultant who has spent 25+ years teaching, researching and consulting in golf. She won the first “Best Science in Golf” prize from Golf Magazine in 2001. Watch the fascinating interview by clicking below:
Here are the words or phrases that Dr. Crews responded to below. I paraphrased her comments:
1) The Zone: State of Synchrony, Harmony, Balance in the brain
2) Right Brain and Left Brain: Left Brain behind the ball, and Right Brain over the ball. People have all different styles, important to know why it works for you.
5) The Waggle: Every little idiosyncrasy in a routine is important. When they go away, the player is in trouble.
6) Feel Player vs. Analytical Player: Learn what your orientation is then organize yourself. Help Feel player find a couple of things to stay organized when off. Analytical player can have too many organized steps, so need to simplify.
7) Horses: Useful to train horses, you can’t lie to a horse, they mimick our emotions, so we need to be strong, confident and in charge when with horses, just like we should be on the golf course.
Book Review of Golf: Energy in Motion It’s not about the ball; It’s about possibilities! by Debbie Crews Ketterling, Ph.D.
This is definitely the best mental book I have every read about golf. It helps you learn and analyze who you are as a golfer, and how to use your Mind, Brain, and Body together to improve. This is a book that can be read over and over again, and each sentence should be pondered. Here are seven crucial takeaways (Quotations) that jumped out at me from the book:
2) “Our best performers in the laboratory typically tell us that they are focused on target, feel, or both when they are performing their best. It is possible to focus on both since we can parallel process (think of two things at once)!” (Crews, 2006)
3) “If we smile we can transmit positive energy to our recording device in the brain. Optimize the filter!” (Crews, 2006)
4) “..if the same response has occurred three times in a row, change what you are doing! What your are doing isn’t working! Do something different! Be adaptable!” (Crews, 2006)
5) “The state of mind that does not work well on the golf course is ‘wish and hope’. A strong, positive emotional state will allow for clear thinking and conviction” (Crews, 2006).
6) “It is important to let all of our air out and then swing. When we have no air, we will have no tension, but more importantly, we will be centered and settled” (Crews, 2006).
7) “All of us have a bank of past GREAT shots. We remember them well because they were stored with great emotion” (Crews, 2006).
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